Anniston to Honor Freedom Riders With Trail

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - A civil rights heritage trail in the Anniston area will be introduced with events in May observing the 50th anniversary of the attack on a Freedom Riders bus.

Trail organizers announced plans for the trail Tuesday, including the observance of the bus burning on the Old Birmingham Highway. The site is to be developed into a "Freedom Rider Park."

Other trail stops will include the former Greyhound Bus Station in Anniston.

The May events will include an exhibit of photographs of the attack and burning of the bus carrying a biracial group. They were attempting to bring an end to segregated facilities on interstate bus travel in the South.

A busload of college students will be recreating the Freedom Riders journey in May.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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